Halls1 ThumbTo improve its bottom line and its competitive advantage, this 3PL made environmental sustainability a corporate philosophy. The third-party logistics (3PL) industry is a competitive one. With retailers looking to lean their distribution and warehousing processes, these providers must lean up their own processes to remain attractive. Add to the mix industry pressure to prove your company is environmentally conscious, and you’ve got a doubly challenging environment. 

Henrys3 ThumbThis full-line foodservice, c-store, and grocery store provider finds ways to help its clients manage the industry’s priciest challenges. The rising cost of commodities isn’t a trend that’s expected to reverse at any point in the future. For retailers large and small, finding ways to reduce the impact on consumers is an ongoing challenge, which means they’re looking for strategic partners to help them trim the fat without trimming their bottom line. 

Thinkfun1 ThumbPuzzles aren’t all fun and games, according to this toy manufacturer. Understanding the human mind is difficult. Creating games that keep the human mind entertained is even more of a challenge. But it’s a challenge Andrea Barthello and Bill Ritchie gladly agreed to tackle when they founded ThinkFun/Binary Arts on February 4, 1985. Ritchie, president and CEO, grew up in what he describes as a brilliant environment. His father was a Bell Labs engineer, and his older brother was a Bell Labs computer scientist. “It was a geeky family, and we were surrounded by a community of mathematicians and engineers who shared ideas about puzzles for fun,” he said. “As a little kid, I thought these recreational mathematicians were everywhere in the world.”

Xentris2 ThumbThis wireless accessories supplier evolves its business platform to meet the changing needs of its customers. The world of wireless accessories has exploded over the past few years, and Xentris Wireless has successfully ridden the wave with its clients, including retailers such as Best Buy and providers such as Verizon. The company began with a products solution focus when it was founded in 2003 but has continued to evolve its business model to meet those same clients’ needs. 

Kahnlucas1 ThumbRather than defining how its audience interacts with its products, this girls’-clothing designer is letting customers make the decisions. At a time when retailers are struggling to find their place with consumers, one 121-year-old clothing designer has decided to let its customers lead the way. What makes its decision even more interesting is that its target audience still plays with dolls. 

Tastybite2 ThumbThis food manufacturer does more than fill bellies; it’s also bringing the world together one lentil at a time. Founded 15 years ago, Tasty Bite’s slogan defines its core purpose: From mashed potatoes to Bombay potatoes, taking Indian food mainstream. In recent years, the company has moved out of Indian food to Pan-Asian, Mexican, and Mediterranean flavors, and its goal has evolved into taking food from India mainstream. 

Stylesight1 ThumbWith strategically placed offices, a strong infrastructure, and a keen understanding of fashion and technology, this company offers insight to apparel and accessory style and design companies. Frank Bober founded Stylesight with one goal in mind: to change the way people in the apparel and accessory industries work. Seven years and 2,000 clients later, Stylesight is doing just that and all without advertising—that is, until now. 

Coty1 ThumbKnown for its creative approach to fragrance, this global leader is now making a name for itself in beauty care as well. With more than 100 years of experience behind Coty Canada, Inc., Jeff Wagstaff, president and general manager of Coty Canada, can accurately deduce how the company has stayed in business for so long. It all comes back to the company’s motto of faster, further, freer, which Wagstaff said has long encapsulated Coty’s approach to business. 

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